Tuesday, June 29, 2010

OPI Catch Me In Your Net versus Zoya Charla

As I promised I bring you a comparison of one of the shades from the new OPI summer collection. If you missed my swatches, have a look here. Now my favourite shade from the collection was Catch Me In Your Net, I love colors like this and obviously I also have a shade that is very similar...Zoya Charla. Similar? Well I would call them nearly dupes. As you can see from my picture you can´t tell the difference much. Both of them are three coats. I would say that Zoya is a tad more opaque, on the other side I like the OPI brush more.


bottle pictures

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Misa Heaven White

White polish should be a part of every nail polish collection :) and especially now because it looks great with summer skin. I have some whites but this one is the best. Applies very flawless and needs only two coats. I am always curious what about you, so tell me...what is your favourite white polish?

Friday, June 25, 2010

OPI Summer Flutter Collection 2010 - Swatches and Review

Today I have for you a cute little summer collection from OPI. The weather outside is just right for these shades, so lets have a look at them.

OPI says: OPI is all "aflutter" this summer with four new lacquer shades inspired by the brilliance and whimsy of butterflies!
"These sizzling pinks, orange, and turquoise look amazing against summer skin," says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. "And whether you pair them with flip flops and your favorite bikini or a slinky mini with high-heeled sandals, they add a burst of exotic, tropical color to your style!"

The swatches are all without a base or top coat and are in natural daylight (no sun or lightbox).

FLOWER TO FLOWER
A beautiful bright pink with silver shimmer. Reminds me of ice cream. Just a perfect shade for summer. Application was flawless, three coats.

FLIT A BIT
Super bright orange creme. I am not much an orange person but after trying OPI Hot & Spicy I am starting to fall in love. And now I have this beauty here. Also very pretty, screaming summer is here :) Three coats and flawless aplication.

WING IT!
Love the color and idea of this one. Sadly it isn´t opaque even after three coats. I will try layering it in my next post. Still I have to say that this polish pretty and unique.

CATCH ME IN YOUR NET
I saved the best for the end. LOVE this! It is such a beautiful mermaid color. And so perfect for summer, I will be taking this one on my holidays for sure. Three coats.

I like this collection very much. The only downside is the sheerness of Wing It! but as I said, I will try some layering experiments. The formula on all of these was just perfect. Love the OPI brush :) These are already in stores, so go and get your nails ready for summer. Oh, and the good part is that all four of these can be found in the mini set. Great for traveling!
P.S. In my next posts I will be comparing these to see if there are any dupes :) stay tuned.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

OPI Merryberry Mauve

I love discovering old OPI polishes. There are just so many colors! This one looks absolutely gorgeous in the bottle :) Love the golden shimmer in it. The downside is that this needs four coats for full coverage. I am not happy about this, but still the color is very pretty:


I tried layering one coat of this polish on a black creme and look what came out :)

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar (Cabana Corals Collection 2010)

No nail polish for you today dear readers. I want to show you a product I fell in love with in the past few days. It is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar, actually my first shimmer brick. I LOVE it! This is part of the spring collection for 2010 called Cabana Corals, which is a limited edition I believe. From the other shimmer bricks I saw in the past I was a bit afraid that it will have too much glitter/frost but no. All you get is just beautiful coral golden shimmer, looks so beautiful on the skin (enlarge the pictures for full detail). Like sunset. You can build up the colors very easily, from a light sheen to more color. What do you think? What is your favourite Shimmer Brick?


Detail of the palette:

Swatches of the colors separetly:

Swatched together:

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Essence Hypnotic Poison

There was a sale on Essence items at my local store, so I said to myself that I have to try this brand. I know....I am so much behind :) So my first polish from Essence is this mini (it is 5ml, cost me about one dollar) Color and Go in the shade Hypnotic Poison. And I have to say, that I really like it! It looks much better on the nails than in the bottle, which is always a pleasant surprise. This is two coats. I also liked the brush. Now I have to figure out what else I NEED to try from Essence :)
P.S. it looks like I have huuuuuge fingers with this mini polish :D

Friday, June 18, 2010

OPI Hot & Spicy (Hong Kong Collection 2010)

I don´t like orange polish, you all know this  :) so I thought I wouldn´t like this polish. But I was wrong, I actually like it very much! Great for summer an orange creme. It took three coats for full coverage and I so much like the OPI brush (although I have problems to paint my pinky with it)!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Barielle Passion Pirouette with Illamasqua Spartan

And just a quick post with what is currently on my nails :) Two coats of Passion Pirouette and one coat of Spartan which is a top coat with fine gold glitter. Looks great on the purple!

Congrats to...

I have two things to say. First of all...THANK YOU all so much! I never thought blogging about nail polish would be so much fun :) And I am glad I "met" so many wonderful people. So again thank you for your support, comments and everything. Second...I am sorry for the lack of posts lately, this will change soon, don´t worry :)
And now to the giveaway. I counted all the entries and with the help of random.org chose two winners. They are:

Tiana
Megan Harmeyer

Congrats girls! Drop me a line with your shipping address and I will send the polishes asap :) I am sure you will love them.

Friday, June 11, 2010

My new dress

Whenever I buy new clothes, the first thing that comes on my mind is...do I have a polish to match? Same with my new dress. I bought it for summer and it has three colors, black, white and a mint green or a turquoise. Call it what you want :) I was thinking what mani would best match with it and came with this:


Here is the mani with a detail of the dress. The color of the polish is not 100% same as the dress but still very close. I love this mani. I used:
Color Club Black
Misa Heaven White
Orly Gumdrop

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gabriella Salvete 117

Two days ago I bought this polish from a czech drustore brand. I mean, I just couldn´t leave it there. It looked like holo awesomeness in the bottle (detail on the left picture)! Sadly not on the nail :( It looks like black with silver glitter. I am not very happy with this polish. The surface is rough and you can´t see the holo much. Too bad...

Because I just wanted something holographic I added a bit of Nfu Oh 63. This was real quick, I am sure if you take your time you can make beautiful designs with it :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Reminder

No nails today dear addicts, I have so much work to do :( I just wanted to remind you all, that my Dior Vernis Giveaway ends in just three days, so don´t forget to enter :) Good luck to you!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Something for spring..

Hello my dear readers, today I have for you a fresh spring mani. It is very simple but I like the way it looks. As a base I used Ciaté Refresher and added some flowers using Konad and China Glaze Adore. I like the combination of a creme with a metallic :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

When I don´t know...

...what polish to pick. Yesterday it was so hard. I usually at least know if I want a pink or a purple or a blue, but this time I didn´t know. So I chose China Glaze Purple Panic - a polish between purple and pink and decorated it with blue stamping. Again I used Bundle Monster image plate and the polish was Color Club Emerald Depths. Do you also have trouble picking the right polish like me? Hope you have a great weekend :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Two reader requests

Todays post is two reader requests I got lately. If you want something specific too, just let me know :) I am always happy to help my readers.

First, jaljen wanted to see Orly Luxe with some black stamping. Recently I bought the Bundle monster image plates set, so this was a great opportunity to try them out :) This is from plate MB12. I have to say, that these image plates are great. Very easy to work with, nice designs and cheap. Love them.


Next, alluring_mum wanted me to make a comparison of Maybelline Mirror Image polish with China Glaze Millenium. In the bottle these two look very simmilar, but on the nail the difference is evident. The Mirror Image really looks more like a mirror, but is hadrer to work with and doesn´t last long. If you want a really shiny silver that last, I would go for the China Glaze.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Barielle High Steppin' Collection 2010 - Swatches and Review

I am a bit late with the Barielle summer collection for this year but better late than never :) This is my first experience with Barielle polishes and I was very curious about them. In the past this brand created some gorgeous shades and this collection is no exception. It is a collection consisting of six polishes from light to dark, the finishes are also different....frost, metallic and glitter.
The idea behind the collection:
Celebrity Manicurist Elle says, "When creating this collection, we wanted to pump up the volume on nail hues. Inspired by bright summer whites, we injected some high-voltage color into any look from bikini to boardwalk."

The swatches are all without a base or top coat and are in natural daylight (no sun or lightbox), I think that this way they are the most color accurate and that is what we all want, don´t we? :)

ELECTRIC BOOGIE
Wow! I have never seen a more beautiful blue. This is a master piece in terms of color...deep blue with teal glitter. The downside is the formula of this one, it is thick and gloopy. But nothing that a few drops of thinner can´t handle. Two coats. I really love this one and from what I read on other blogs this is a winner for most people.

SLOW MOTION
This is a light pinkish frost. On the picture, you can see brush strokes but they are not that visible. I used three coats but if you have short nails, two will be just fine. This is not a wow shade but still nice for work or other occasions, when your nails have to be a bit less noticeable.

FREESTYLE
This year mint greens are a big trend. Barielle comes with something a bit different making it a frost with silver glitter, which is very fine and small. I love this shade, it looks so fresh and original. Didn´t see something like this anywhere else. The formula on this one was just fine, three coats.

PASSION PIROUETTE
I am always happy when a collection has a purple and this one has. And what a beautiful one! I really like the shade, very deep and highly pigmented metallic grape purple. The polish is a bit thick and leaves brushstrokes. Still I like it so much, I think it goes well with my skin tone.

NIGHT MOVES
A foil silver, great for summer! I don´t have any other foil silver polishes to compare with but I like it. It was easy to apply, I have three coats and even the removing was quick.

BELLY DANCE
Another big trend this year - taupe. Barielle made the most beautiful taupe I have seen so far by adding shimmer. The shimmer is very subtle and the polish looks so chic. This is two coats, application was flawless.

My final thoughts? I really like that the collection is full of different colors and finishes, this way everyone can choose something. I also like that there are some special shades like Electric Boogie or Freestyle, I love those and the purple too of course! The downside is the thickness of some of them but as I said that can be solved with a thinner.
The collection is already available at Barielle, each polish retails for $8.00.

P.S. a BIG thank to Kellie for helping me with these. You are a sweetheart! <3

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